Masih Alinejad Wiki – Masih Alinejad Biography
Masih Alinejad is a producer with Voice of America. Iranian intelligence agents hatched a plan to kidnap a journalist in Brooklyn and spirit her away to Iran in retaliation for her criticism of the Iranian regime. The Justice Department alleged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday. She told NBC News that she was the target of the plot. She was not named in court documents.
According to the Justice Department, government agents surveilled Alinejad’s home with a live camera feed and planned to take her by boat to Caracas.
She is 44 years old.
Iranian Spies Try To Kidnap Masih Alinejad
William F. Sweeney Jr., the head of the F.B.I.’s New York office, said: ‘This is not some far-fetched movie plot. We allege a group, backed by the Iranian government, conspired to kidnap a US-based journalist here on our soil and forcibly return her to Iran. Not on our watch.’
A federal indictment describes a plot that included attempts to lure Alinejad to Venezuela to capture her and render her to Iran. The Iranians had a live feed of her home.
The Iranians researched how to get the author out of New York, according to the charging documents. One of the four studied a service offering ‘military-style speedboats for self-operated maritime evacuation out of New York City and maritime travel from New York to Venezuela, a country whose de facto government has friendly relations with Iran .’ Department said.
‘I’ve been targeted for a number of years but this is the first time that such an audacious plot has been hatched and foiled,’ she told N.B.C. by email.
Iranian Agents Charged With Plotting To Kidnap Journalist
Alireza Farahani, 50, Mahmoud Khazein, 42, Kiya Sadeghi, 35, and Omid Noori, 45, are charged with conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to violate the sanctions against Iran, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and conspiracy to launder money. Niloufar Bahadorifar, 46, is charged with conspiracy to violate sanctions, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, structuring fraudulent deposits, and conspiracy to launder money.
Bahadorifar, a California resident, was arrested there on July 1 on charges from another indictment. He allegedly provided financial services to foreign nationals in violation of the sanctions on Iran for upward of five years.
According to the release, Farahani, Khazein, Sadeghi, and Noori live in Iran and have not been taken into custody. Farahani is described as an Iranian intelligence official, and the other three co-conspirators are referred to as “Iranian intelligence assets.”
Farahani allegedly directed his associates to research various ways to return their target to Iran illegally. Sadeghi allegedly produced research on procuring speedboats similar to those used in the military that could evacuate the intended victim from New York City and then transport her to Venezuela, which has friendly relations with Iran. Meanwhile, Khazein allegedly researched routes the wannabe kidnappers could take from her Brooklyn home to the water to Venezuela and from there to Tehran. The Justice Department included a screenshot of Khazein’s search for “Brooklyn new york to Caracas by boat” in Google Maps.
Farahani and others also allegedly contracted multiple private investigators to surveil the journalist, photograph her, members of her household, and her visitors and install a live high-quality camera feed that recorded her house at all times in 2020 and continuing into 2021. They allegedly misrepresented their identities to the investigators and used laundered money to pay them.
Farahani allegedly owned an electronic device that showed a picture of the journalist in a triptych with two people, Ruhollah Zam and Jamshid Sharmahd, whom Iranian intelligence had kidnapped. One had been imprisoned, the other executed. A Farsi caption to the photos read, “Gradually the gathering gets bigger… Are you coming, or should we come for you?”
Before allegedly plotting to kidnap the journalist in the U.S., the group of Iranians planned to entice her into a foreign country where it might be easier to arrest her. According to the Justice Department, they attempted to recruit her relatives into the scheme, but the family members declined to participate.
Masih Alinejad Tweet
On Tuesday night, Alinejad tweeted: ‘I am grateful to FBI for foiling the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry’s plot to kidnap me. This plot was orchestrated under Rouhani.
I am grateful to FBI for foiling the Islamic Republic of Iran's Intelligence Ministry's plot to kidnap me. This plot was orchestrated under Rouhani.
This is the regime that kidnapped & executed Ruhollah Zam. They've also kidnapped and jailed Jamshid Sharmahd and many others pic.twitter.com/HUefdEbiil
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) July 14, 2021
‘This is the regime that kidnapped & executed Ruhollah Zam. They’ve also kidnapped and jailed Jamshid Sharmahd and many others.’